Canine Influenza: What you need to know

The information below was written by your Bigger Road staff and approved by Dr. Elizabeth Blakelock, DVM.
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Last updated April 24, 2015

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H3N2: Canine Influenza

H3N2: The current Canine Influenza outbreak is caused by a new strain of the virus

With ongoing media coverage of canine influenza, many clients here in Dayton are concerned about the health of their pets.

We understand your concern, and all available information tells us that pets in the Dayton area are safe. Here, summarized, is what you need to know about the current canine influenza outbreak:

  • The outbreak originated in the Chicago area, where over 1,000 illnesses and 6 pet deaths have been reported.
  • There are media reports of the virus spreading to other parts of the midwest, including Ohio. However, we have found no specific suspected or confirmed cases in Ohio, and have not seen any cases in the Dayton area.
  • This canine influenza is a different strain of the virus than previously thought. Because of this, vaccinating your pets using currently available vaccines will not provide your pet any additional protection. For this reason, we do not recommend preventative vaccination for our patients.
  • Symptoms of canine influenza may include high fever, loss of appetite, coughing, nasal discharge, and lethargy. However, some infected pets show no symptoms.

As always, if you have concerns about your pet’s health, including any unusual symptoms or behavior, please Call us!

If you’d like to read more about canine influenza, we recommend this article from Cornell University.